Doug was born in Taos many moons ago before there were any paved streets or traffic lights. The Bachtel family is now in its third generation in the Taos Valley and they are considered long time Taosenos. Doug graduated from good ol' Taos High with many good riddance gestures from all his former teachers. He represented the US Army on the slopes of Europe as the Vietnam War was ending and traveled for a few years before returning to Taos with his new bride in 1979.
An entrepreneur by heart, Doug has been involved in many businesses over the years, beginning with his first as a Yard Maintenance Technician at the age of 11. Over the last 30 years , he and wife Nancy have been successful in in all their business ventures including the Stakeout Restaurant, Chamisa Conoco, A Real Estate Buyers Brokerage, and for the last 8 years ABI.
Happily married, Doug and Nancy have a son and daughter, both who have graduated from college and are currently living in Colorado. Doug has been involved in the community for several years. He has served as a School Board member for St. Francis school, was a volunteer fireman for several years, youth soccer and basketball coach, Junior Achievement instructor, and 2 term president for the Taos County Association of Realtors. He was selected by his peers as Realtor of the Year in 2001 for his civic duties and integrity as a Realtor. He was also voted as “one of Taos’ most respected citizens” in an unsolicited Taos News reader poll. Currently, Doug performs some civic duty as a mentor for youth with the successful MEN project (Men Engaged in Non Violence).
Doug’s personal goals
- Be a role model to my kids
- Remain a loved and loving husband
- Travel the world
- Be the Realtor that friends and clients refer to their friends
- Maintain a smile on my face and to try to put one on the faces of the people I come in contact with each and every day
Skiing (snow and water), mountainn biking, hiking, enduro riding, sailing, work, travel, and of course, family.